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Start planning for Pacific warming refugees: scientist

Many Pacific islands in danger of being obliterated o·blit·er·ate  
tr.v. o·blit·er·at·ed, o·blit·er·at·ing, o·blit·er·ates
1. To do away with completely so as to leave no trace. See Synonyms at abolish.

 by rising sea levels should seek relocation aid at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, a Fiji-based scientist said.

"By 2100, I don't see how many islands will be habitable habitable adj. referring to a residence that is safe and can be occupied in reasonable comfort. Although standards vary by region, the premises should be closed in against the weather, provide running water, access to decent toilets and bathing facilities, heating, ," professor Patrick Nunn Patrick Nunn studied with Frank Denyer at Dartington College of Arts and with Gary Carpenter at the Welsh College of Music and Drama returning once again to Dartington in 1995 to study with the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. , a climate change researcher at the University of the South Pacific USP is owned by the governments of 12 Pacific Island countries: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  in Fiji said at the weekend.

Nunn is chairing the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable meeting in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro opening Monday where 14 Pacific countries and territories are devising their strategy for the December conference.

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 projected in its 2007 report, Nunn said.

"We're now looking at a more than one metre (three feet) sea level rise by the end of the century," he said.

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Coral reef enclosing a lagoon. Atolls consist of ribbons of reef that may not be circular but that are closed shapes, sometimes miles across, around a lagoon that may be 160 ft (50 m) deep or more.
 nations such as the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu habitation HABITATION, civil law. It was the right of a person to live in the house of another without prejudice to the property.
     2. It differed from a usufruct in this, that the usufructuary might have applied the house to any purpose, as, a store or manufactory; whereas
 will become impossible.

"The biggest challenge is getting policy makers to understand the need for a profound change in the way Pacific people live," he said.

"Relocation is one of the most difficult things to talk about and to convince people that the home they've lived in for centuries is no longer a viable option," said Nunn, who has researched climate change for 24 years from his Fiji base.

Mitigation and adaptation projects were being proposed for low-lying areas to withstand sea level rise, but Nunn said "there are no real options in Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and other atolls other than to move people."

He added the problem was not restricted to atolls.

"In most larger islands in the Pacific, there is much less concern for sea level rise because they have a hinterland to move to. It's not as easy as it sounds."

There were three times the Tuvalu population of around 12,000 living in the low-lying Rewa Delta region on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu who would also be affected by sea level rise, he said.

The professor said it was urgent that political leaders of countries with low-lying areas start planning for relocation.

"If relocation is to happen by 2050, then by 2020 a plan must be in place," he said.
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